Following the heartbreaking death of 21-year-old Bangladesh model Raudha Athif, investigators ruled the young woman’s cause of death as suicide, however, the surviving family members are not buying it.
Stating that Athif had not previously shown any signs of depression, the victim’s family is now speaking out and voicing their suspicion that she was murdered because she refused to dress in accordance with the Islamic faith and that her death was in fact staged to appear like a suicide.
According to reports, while Athif’s death was officially ruled a suicide after her body was examined and autopsied last week, her father and brother are making it clear that there has been several questionable deaths labeled as ‘suicides‘ in Bangladesh recently.
Speaking on the matter, 18-year-old Rayyan Athif told the Sun “There have been a series of murders in Bangladesh which have been staged to look like suicides and Islamic extremists have been suspected to be behind these atrocities.”
The 18-year-old further added that when considering the fact his sister’s “style of clothing was branded as ‘immodest’ and ‘un-Islamic'” the possibility of a staged murder becomes very real scenario.
As the Daily Star has reported, Athif’s body was found hanging in her dorm room at the Islami Bank Medical College by classmates last Wednesday.
Athif was a second-year student at the medical college and according to Mahmuda Begum, the superintendent of the female-only dorms where the victim was found, she “always looked happy.” Begum further added that in her personal opinion it is “hard to believe [Athif] would commit suicide.”
“But she was criticized for wearing jeans and was repeatedly told she couldn’t wear it at the Muslim college – which has a lot of extremist connections and support.” [Rayyan Athif stated.]
Law enforcement from her native Maldives reportedly met with Bangladesh’s Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) and medical college to discuss the young victim’s controversial death.
Amin Hossain, the assistant commissioner of RMP detective branch, is quoted by the Dhaka Tribune as saying there was a “50 percent chance that she did not commit suicide.”
“The model’s first major breakthrough was a stunning image taken by photographer Sotti, called ‘Maldivian Girl With Aqua Blue Eyes,’ which was praised by the former president of the Maldives over social media,” notes Daily Mail.
It adds, “The picture made her an internet sensation in 2014. Her fame grew and she eventually landed on the cover of Vogue India in October last year.”
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